I am a student attending Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, New York. The region is found in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. The town is a centrally located area. Just to the north is Canada and Montreal is a short drive away. Across the east is Lake Champlain and Vermont. To the south is one of my favorite places to visit, Lake Placid.
Lake Placid is most famous for the 1980 Olympic Games. The United States won Gold in Men’s Hockey with the Miracle on Ice. The XIII Olympic Winter Games must have been a special time and although I was not born until after that time, visiting Lake Placid and the Olympic skating rink facility is a chance to catch up on some of the great history of those games. In front of the arena is the Oval skating track where the speedskaters held their events. I bring my skates with me and go ice skating on this oval track.
My friends and I going skiing at Whiteface Mountain. The area has several different parts to ski and there are more challenging courses for advanced skiers. I fall into the middle category. My favorite thing is to be at the top of the mountain looking out over the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Covered in snow, all the trees look so peaceful. The air has that quiet hush about it.
The Olympic Jumping Complex is something that amazes me more each time I visit. Looking up the mountain and seeing the large ski jumps looking back at you is a tremendous sight. I would love the opportunity to be able to go to the top of one of the jumps and make my way through the air. There is a glass enclosed elevator I took up to the observation deck on the K-120 meter jump. I am thinking that is the closest I will come to being able to jump down. Many Olympians still use the facilities to train. We had the opportunity to see some of them jumping one day we were there. It looks easy but I am told it takes a lot of training to be a good jumper.
For the thrill of your life, take the Bobsled Experience. It was amazing and I am already looking forward to my next trip to the bobsled run. The ride with racers that know how to drive and stop the sled is something Lake Placid offers as a part of their tourist package. The bobsled run has turns named Labyrinth, Shady, and The Heart. It was a scary experience but a lot of fun. They give you free stuff too like a T-Shirt, a pin, and a photo from your experience. Its not cheap but the $75 was well worth it.
Another weekend, my friends and I went snow tubing. There is a long chute that sends you flying down on an inner tube. This takes place on the Olympic Jumping Hill. I guess I was a lot closer to jumping than I thought. Since parking is tougher in places, they do offer a shuttle service for skiers and riders to the Whiteface Mountain. It is worth jumping aboard the shuttle. We pick it up at the Mirror Lake Inn not too far from the mountain but there are also some additional stops along the way such as Golden Arrow, Art Devlin’s, and Crowne Plaza.